NEW ORLEANS – Sophomore Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) along with the women's cross country team were recognized Thursday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their performance on the course and in the classroom.
Medcalf garnered individual All-Academic honors for the first time in her young career, while the Blue and Red squad earned the scholar team award from USTFCCCA.
To qualify for the individual honor, the student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 of a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships. For the team, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period.
Medcalf was the only Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference female athlete to be tabbed an academic All-American. Overall, 378 women from Division III received the honor.
The sophomore finished the 2019 campaign strong, earning All-HCAC honors as part of the HCAC Championship meet where she finished fourth overall. Medcalf carried the momentum into the Great Lakes Regional qualifier where she ran a competitive race taking 43rd overall in the 233-runner field.
The women's team is picking up their first national scholar award under third-year head coach Brady Wells. The Panthers garnered a second-place finish as part of the HCAC Championships, the highest mark by a Hanover women's cross country team dating back to the 2015 season. The Blue and Red carried the momentum into the Great Lakes Regional, taking 15th overall for the team's best finish dating back to the 2014 season, all while posting a team GPA of 3.33.